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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-18
Categories: Flowers
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orchids (wild), Wild Native British Orchids [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-20 18:02
Viewed: 5455
Points: 18
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Common Spotted Orchid ((Dactylorhiza fuchsii) one of our native wild orchids, seen here in an old limestone quarry near the village of Egremont in Cumbria , which is also known as the Lake district because of the large number of lakes left behind by the last "Ice Age".The Quarry is Called Clints Quarry and is managed by the Cumbria Wildlife trust I found it by chance a leaflet in the hotel I stayed in for it, but when you get there do not expect to find any signs for the place, there are non. Off the A5086 you have to look for a stone bridge going uner the road , park by this and walk under the road and though a narrow opening betwwen the high embankment covered in trees, it opens out into a vistor of old spoil heaps some large holes with water and some spectacular vertical cliffs. I could of spents days in there taking picture but I was on the way back home and had a 5hr drive ahead of me and I also had very little space left on the memory sticks , I did a lot of editing while in there, definatley a place to go back to.
One of the more common orchids found localy through out the UK but rarer in scotland. in flower between june and august this one is right in the middle in july. Hieght normally 30 -50cm this one is a bit of a giant at 60 -70cm, which is why i posted it as I have so you couls see it growing insitue along with the mass of other flowers sharing the rocky spoil heaps, though it will grow in alsorts of conditions like in grassland or shrubby woodland aslong as it on a limestone based soil.Orchid do not have the fine root structure of other plants but rely on a relationship with a fungus to break down the food within the soil and supply the nutrients. when the seed they have very fine dust like spores which blow around, and when they come to germinate they have to very quickly come into contact with the fugus to survive and grow into this beautiful plant.
Settings for the camera lefthand image.
F3.5 at 1/500sec , 200cm distance.
Settings for the camera righthand image.
F3.5 at 1/800sec in Macro mode and centre spot metering at 15 cm distance.
open left hand image apply usual adjusments,
crop to 28.22cm hieght and extend canvas.
open righthand image and adjust again as per. usual.
crop to 28.22cm hieght select al copy and paste onto other picture.
move till it looks OK and recrop to 28.22 X 28.22cm
use select and stoke to apply frame. use save to web to adjust the file size and post.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-20 18:12]

Excelente doble presentacion robert.
Gran perspectiva en la primera y excelente primer plano en la segunda.
Bellos colores y efectivo encuadre.

Excellent double presentation Robert.
Great perspective in the first and excellent close up in the second.
Beautiful colors and effective frame.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-20 19:12]

Very well presented work.
Its nice to see it in its environment,alone amongst the other wild flowers and also the close up which shows great detail and colour.
Excellent DoF.
Excellent and informative note too,I'll recognise one of these if I ever have the luck to spot one now.
Very well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-20 20:11]

Oh my, that is one beautiful flower and it is well captured, great colours and composition. My only upset is I wish the RH picture was on it's own and the LH one was an extra workshop jobby, that's because the RH one is so nice whereas the LH is more informative with respect to surroundings. Good one.

Beautilful flower Robert.
Very good colors , good DOF and very sharp-
Good informative note.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-21 0:39]

Your capture defitely does this beautiful orchid justice. Excellent dof and vivid color. Thanks for posting.

Robert, It may be called common but it is the first time I have seen it ;-) Your shot is very nice. I like the combination of closeup and overview. It is a good way to see and learn about this one. Technically sound shots.
Greetings, Jan

Good shots! Technically they're both good, although I might have tried to either better isolate the whole plant or include more of it's surroundings. I'd also be tempted to selectively sharpen the orchid a bit too in the left hand shot.

Now on to your identification, I'd be prepared to put money on this site having another species of Dactylorhiza present..? The reason being, from it's size/shape/habit I think it's a hybrid. We have a colony locally that has both D. fuchsii and D. praetermissa - both parent species rarely make 30cm at that site, but the hybrids are massive, I think I measured one at over a metre! The thick stem and wide pale spots are also indicators to me...

Anyway good shot, and informative note too :-D

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-21 13:27]

very nice one Robbert,
Good photos, with a great note, I l;ike it very much, very good job you did.
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WOW! This is the TN way to post a wild flower. Great example. Lovely colours, great DOF, both compos are nice plus a detailed note. Plus 1st time seen for me. You are setting the pace for this weekend posts. Thanx Robert, i am learning a lot.

I like the way you presented this with two views. One shows more of the natural surroundings, and the other gets in nice and close.Considering the sheer basis of TrekNature, I think all photos could be presented this way. "Double your pleasure", indeed.

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